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New Device Brings Computers a Step Closer to Mind-Reading

While we’re not quite to the point where machines can read our thoughts (despite what the conspiracy theorists claim), this new development suggests the technology is getting closer to reality. Currently under development at University of California San Francisco, a device known as a “neuroprosthesis” can actually recognize electrical impulses generated by the brain when […]

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Scientists Discover Fossil of Largest “Sea Monster” Ever Recorded

Until recently, the largest animal that ever lived was believed to be the blue whale — which still exists today, but outsizes any known prehistoric species, including the largest dinosaurs and marine creatures. But the mighty mammal might have to give up its status as the world’s largest, in light of a new fossil discovery […]

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Is “NORMAN” the First A.I. Psychopath? His Creators Say So

Researchers at MIT Media Lab sound a little bit scared of their recent creation: a neural network dubbed “Norman” (named after PSYCHO killer Norman Bates), whom they claim is exhibiting thought processes that are closest to “psychopathic” as any A.I. has ever come. Part of Norman’s introduction to the public was staged as an April […]

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This Terrifying App Calculates the Impact of a Nuclear Attack on Your City

There’s been lots of creepy saber-rattling lately on the nuclear front, with multiple nations’ leaders comparing the size of their buttons and the potency of their missiles (I think Sigmund Freud would have had a lot to say about that). The most recent event on this doomsday timeline was Russia’s test of their “Satan-2” ICBM, […]

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Yes, Robot Spiders Exist Now… Want to See One in Action?

When robotics Professor Ingo Rechenberg observed a strange spider in the Sahara Desert a decade ago, the arachnid’s unusual form of locomotion ended up inspiring the design for his latest robot design, which was recently revealed to the public for this year’s Hannover Messe technology fair in Germany. The “BionicWheelBot” was designed by Rechenberg for […]

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Will Smith Has a Date with Sophia the Robot… and it Doesn’t Go Well [VIDEO]

Will Smith has shared the screen with all manner of robots, aliens, zombies and other beings… and his characters tend to deal with them by shooting them, punching them or blowing them up (usually followed by a clever catchphrase). But Will Smith the actor has never really tried an alternate strategy — like, for example, […]

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His Name is Charles the Robot… and He’s Watching You Very Closely

It seems the snarky but stylish “social robot” Sophia [recently spotted rocking a new look] now has some serious competition for a starring role in your next nightmare… or perhaps as Imperious Leader of the robot uprising that will “destroy humans” (Sophia’s own words). His name is Charles, and while he’s not nearly as urbane […]

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Southern California Cities Under Increasing Attack by “Squirrel Mobs”

Oh sure, you’re laughing now… but these fuzzy-tailed rodents ain’t playing. Experts are calling this bizarre invasion a potential threat to humans and many other species — not to mention the balance of ecosystems in California and other states. It’s also why authorities post all those “DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE” signs in public parks, trails […]

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Hidden Text in This Ancient Manuscript Can Only Be Read by X-Rays

On the surface it appears to be a religious book written in the 11th century, but researchers have long suspected that writings on a completely different subject are hiding beneath the visible text… and now, thanks to a lengthy and complex scanning procedure, experts finally have proof. Newsweek recently reported on a research project underway […]

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Chinese Space Station Will Crash to Earth Soon… But Where?

Like its predecessors — including NASA’s Skylab and the former USSR’s Salyut 7 — China’s first successful space station Tiangong-1 is about to plummet from orbit and break apart on re-entry, likely raining space debris onto Earth’s surface. The only question is: exactly when and where will the pieces hit? According to expert sources including […]

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Scientist Cites Evidence of Fossilized “Alien Tracks” on Mars

There have been countless claims of this kind, ever since humans first turned their telescopes to our planetary neighbor… but this story is particularly intriguing, as it comes from an expert source. Astrobiologist Barry DiGregorio, honorary research fellow at the University of Buckingham, has spent years studying scientific indicators of life on Mars, and has […]

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Experts Analyze This Boy’s Terrifying Near-Fatal Lightning Encounter [VIDEO]

Recorded last year in Posadas, Argentina, the clip below shocked YouTube viewers worldwide as they watched a 12-year-old boy playing with an umbrella beneath a gutter’s rain-spout during a thunderstorm… suddenly, the air itself seems to explode around him as a massive lightning bolt strikes, and the camera operator can be heard screaming in horror […]

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Scientists Warn of a Global Cyber-Attack… From ALIENS

I should make two points clear up front: first, this story is sourced from a legitimate scientific publication and has been covered by major outlets (including the Washington Post), not just some fringe conspiracy site; second — and this should put your mind at ease for the moment — it’s purely a hypothetical thought experiment. […]

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VIDEO: This Snake Robot Will Crawl Into Your Next Nightmare

Which would scare you more: snakes slithering into your house, or creepy robots [like these BLACK MIRROR monstrosities] stomping their way through your front door? Well, now you don’t have to choose anymore — thanks to a team of Harvard researchers, who managed to combine both terrors in one giant, slithering creation. In a study published […]

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What Would Happen if Yellowstone’s “Supervolcano” Erupted Tomorrow?

Bear in mind, we’re just imagining a hypothetical scenario, based on scientific evidence and other available data, so don’t start panicking… not yet, anyway. Seismologists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been monitoring a major increase in seismic activity at Yellowstone National Park in northern Wyoming — within the intersection of the Yellowstone Calderas, […]